Barbourville declares April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month and National Donate Life Month

Knox County Judge-Executive Mike Mitchell and County Clerk Mike Corey signed two proclamations on the Court Square on Tuesday, April 12.

About 30 individuals joined the two city officials to declare April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month and National Donate Life – Organ Donation Awareness Month in Barbourville.

“Preventing child abuse and neglect is a community problem that depends on involvement among people throughout the community,” said Judge-Executive Mike Mitchell. “I urge all citizens, community agencies, schools, faith communities, medical facilities, elected leaders, and businesses to increase their participation in efforts to support families, therefore preventing child abuse and strengthening the communities in which we live.”

Concerning National Donate Life Month, County Clerk Mike Corey said, “Every capable person should support this vital effort by registering as an organ and tissue donor, making their family aware of their wishes, and being willing to give the precious gift of health, sight and life to people in need,” Corey said, “I urge all citizens of Barbourville and Knox County to join the donor registry in its life-saving mission.”

Those who would like to register as an organ and tissue donor can do so at a local Circuit Clerks Office or online at

Local officials, club members, law enforcement, and many more teamed up to place pinwheels around the Court Square to raise awareness on these critical topics:

Barbourville Jr. Woman’s Study Club, Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith, Barbourville City Police Officers, Kentucky State Police Trooper (Post 10) Shane Jacobs, Department of Community Based Services, Judge-Executive Mike Mitchell, County Clerk Mike Corey, Barbourville ARH, and Union College.

Samantha Walden, Staff Writer at the Kentucky Daily

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